At one time or another, most of us will feel overwhelmed by the burdens we bear.\r\n \r\nAs though our grief is a river swelling within, threatening to drown us in anger and hurt.\r\n\r\n \r\nIn such moments, the pain may feel unbearable, and we might fear being broken by the sheer magnitude and mass of it. We may also feel alone, as the anguish we’re enduring separates us from others, who all seem to oddly be going about life as though everything were fine.\r\n\r\n \r\nGrief can be so isolating.\r\n\r\n \r\nWhich is why it’s so helpful to remember in such times that…\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhatever you’re experiencing\r\n\r\nhas been felt before by countless\r\n\r\nothers. In fact, it’s also being\r\n\r\nfelt, in this very moment,\r\n\r\nby millions of others\r\n\r\naround the world.\r\nWhen we’re able to open our field up, and imagine holding this very human experience of big anger, big heartache, big despair along with millions of others, it becomes ever so slightly more bearable.\r\n\r\n \r\nWhen we can allow our hearts to have compassion for those millions of people suffering as we are in this moment, we begin to transform. Our humanity deepens, our souls soften and we suddenly begin to make sense of what the poets have been saying since time began.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThat we’re fragile.\r\n\r\nAnd the only thing we can count on is change,\r\n\r\nwhich often comes suddenly & without warning.\r\n\r\nThat life is precious.\r\n\r\nThat our only safety lies\r\n\r\nin the goodness of one another.\r\n\r\nGrief holds gifts.\r\nOpening to the vulnerability of your humanity is one of them.\r\n\r\n \r\nYou’re not alone in feeling so alone.\r\n\r\n \r\nWhen grief threatens to take down your house, invite it into your heart with a deep welcoming breath.\r\n\r\n \r\nOn the exhale, breathe out a blessing for yourself and all others suffering in this very moment with this horrible feeling of unspeakable sorrow.\r\n\r\n \r\nKatherine Woodward Thomas, MA, MFT, will be teaching From Heartache to Wholeness with David Kessler and Paul Denniston, RYT 500, on May 18 – 20, 2018, at 1440 Multiversity \r\n\r\n \r\n Katherine Woodward Thomas, MA, MFT, is the author of the New York Times best seller Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After and the national best seller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and teacher to thousands around the world in her virtual and in-person learning communities.